Board Members

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Chairperson

Sharyon Peart 

Sharyon moved from Melbourne to the Mallee in 2003, where she lived on a large citrus, dried fruit and wine grape growing property at Nangiloc. Sharyon’s background in corporate business, sales, marketing and team management gave inspiration to the small business Sharyon currently owns and operates. She has been the sole director since she created the company in 2005, specialising in retail consultation, and managing women’s health and wellbeing.

Sharyon served on the Mildura Rural City Council as a Councillor for nine years and gained much experience as portfolio councillor for art and education, later community services and wellbeing, and governance and finance.

Sharyon is committed to strengthening partnerships between community and government in the sustainable management of resources across our region. 

Sharyon is a member of the La Trobe University’s Mildura Regional Advisory Board; Deputy Chair of Lower Murray Water; a member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council and Victorian CMA representative on the Resilient Cities and Towns Reference Group.

Sharyon currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair – Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee;
  • Member –  Mallee CMA Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG); and
  • Chair – Victorian Catchments.

Sharyon was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2019.

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Deputy Chairperson

Dr John Cooke

John was born in Ouyen and grew up on a Mallee wheat/sheep farm. Before retiring in 2013, John served as an extension officer, research scientist, manager and internal consultant.

As a research scientist, John led investigations of tillage systems for red/brown and Mallee soils in northern Victoria. He was the lead or sole author of 5-refereed papers, and numerous conference papers.

As a manager, John was responsible for land protection in the Mallee and other key issues across northern Victoria.  John’s involvement in waterway management has covered issues relevant to land tenure, reclamation, water quality and salinity, habitat protection and wetland watering programs. John also contributed significantly to land and water management across the southern Murray Darling Basin.

John is Chairperson of the Regional Advisory Board for the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University, and is a member of the Board of Mallee Family Care.

In 2015, John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by La Trobe University. This was in recognition of his contribution to natural resource management and community involvement in northern Victoria.

John currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Deputy Chair – Mallee CMA Board; and
  • Member – Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee.

John was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

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Board Member

Anthony Martin

Tony Martin is a horticulturist who has been involved in natural resource management in the Mallee and Murray-Darling Basin for more than 30 years. 

Tony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Dried Fruits Australia; and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Basin Community Committee. 

Tony currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair – Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee; and
  • Member – Audit and Risk Committee.

Tony was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2015 to 30 September 2019.

 

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Board Member

Robert Matthews

Having grown up on the family farm at Meringur, Robert Matthews has been involved in dryland wheat and sheep farming his whole life. After 13 years in the Commonwealth public service working in employment counselling, Robert returned to full time farming in 1998.  Robert’s main area of expertise is dryland farming; however, he is looking forward to being involved in all areas of natural resource management as part of the Mallee CMA Board.

With a keen focus on all areas of natural resource management, combatting soil erosion, resource efficiency and the further development of biological farming methods are major priorities for Robert.

Robert is currently serving as: Director of the Red Cliffs Association Board; Secretary of the Koorlong Hall committee; and member of the Mallee Natural Food Group Board. Robert is also the sole director of Kurnwill Quarries.

Robert currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member – Land and Water Advisory Committee; and
  • Member – Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee.

Robert was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021

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Board Member

Kellie Nulty

Kellie Nulty is a partner in a dryland farming operation at Carwarp. She also has a strong background in accounting and auditing, having worked as a practising accountant for the last 21 years in Melbourne and Mildura. 

Kellie has extensive internal and external auditing experience across a variety of industries, and also has expertise in management and financial accounting; information technology; risk management; corporate governance; project management; consulting and business advice. 

Kellie is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Superannuation Fund Auditor, and holds degrees in both Business and Computer Science.

Kellie currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member – Land and Water Advisory Committee.

Kellie was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

 

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Board Member

Jacqualyn Turfey

Jacqualyn is a barrister and an accredited mediator, and has been practising law for almost 20 years. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Equal Opportunity Administration and a Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Jacqualyn was an independent non-executive director of Aboriginal Housing from 2006 to 2016 and Worawa Aboriginal College from 2016 to 2017.

Jacqualyn brings extensive experience from the financial services sector where she was in-house counsel; a company secretary; and a director of a number of National Australia Bank subsidiary entities. Jacqualyn was in a leadership role in global banking risk management and governance. Experienced in State and Commonwealth government and private legal practice. Jacqualyn spent three and a half years at senior executive level in the Victorian Public Service.  

Jacqualyn brings unique experience and understanding gained from working across government, corporate, private and not for profit sectors. Jacqualyn has worked in Perth in the mining industry and represented the Yawuru Native Title holders in settlement negotiations with the Western Australian Government. Jacqualyn established company structures, frameworks and operations for entities associated with the Yawuru Corporate Group, including acting as Chief Executive Officer for a period of time. 

Jacqualyn currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member – Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • Proxy – Aboriginal Reference Group.

Jacki was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

 

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Board Member

Geoff Anderson

Geoff is a dryland farmer from the central Mallee town of Ouyen. A farmer for more than 52 years, Geoff has been involved in all aspects of improving dryland agricultural and environmental land management, particularly salinity. Over his extensive farming career, Geoff developed a keen interest in the balance between production and ecology.

Geoff was first appointed to the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Board in 2006, after 10 years on the Mallee CMA’s Land Advisory Committee.

Geoff currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member – Remuneration Committee.

Geoff was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

 

Allison McTaggart
Board Member

Allison McTaggart

Allison is the principal consultant at Allison McTaggart and Associates, a human resources and business consultancy firm. Her consultancy work includes strategic planning, governance, recruitment, training, corporate communications and workplace health and safety. 

Allison is a Director of Western Murray Irrigation and her family owned earthmoving business. Allison has chaired the Murray Primary Health Network Community Consultative Committee for the past two years. 

She formerly held roles with the Australian Table Grape Growers Association as the Manager for Communications and Industry Analysis and, more recently, Workforce Development Officer with the Murray Primary Health Network. 

Current memberships include: Australian Human Resource Institute; Governance Institute of Australia; Institute of Community Directors Australia; and Australian Institute of Company Directors fellow. 

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management Communication) and an Associate Diploma (Animal Production).

Allison currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair – Audit and Risk Committee;
  • Member – Remuneration Committee.

Allison was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.